Call for submissions: stories about living with Nonverbal Learning Disorder

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Please note: the deadline for submissions is now January 15, 2018. 

Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD) is not well-known even within disability justice circles. It’s one of the least common forms of learning disability and consequently there is very little written about it or about what it like to live with it. People with NLD are virtually completely unrepresented in media, and when people do talk about NLD, it’s mostly from the perspective of parents and caregivers. It’s time to amplify the voices of people with NLD.

Fellow people with NLD: we need to tell our stories! Our stories about our lives, our ways of looking at the world, our diagnoses, our experiences of trying to get an education, our stories of pain and our stories of getting accommodation and getting justice. The world needs to hear them if we want to make it a better place for people like us.

I want to put together a collection of stories by people with NLD, about their lives. If you have a story to tell, please consider submitting it to be in my zine.

I am interested original, first-hand stories from people who self-identify as having NLD about:

  • Being diagnosed with NLD or combinations of conditions
  • Fighting for accommodations or justice
  • Navigating relationships (romantic or otherwise)
  • Transitioning to adulthood and the workplace
  • “coming out”, i.e. explaining to people that you have NLD
  • Challenges in learning a life-skill (like driving, for example)
  • Living with anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges
  • Anything else that relates to your NLD or your life experience.

Poetry is also encouraged. Please limit your submissions to 5,000 words or less (short is completely fine).

Stories can be submitted to by January 15 2018 in .doc, .docx or .rtf format. Please use “submission” somewhere in your subject line. Questions can be submitted to this email address as well.

Unfortunately I cannot guarantee that I will include every story I receive and I cannot pay contributors.

A couple of extra notes:

In recognition that people have a diversity of abilities and limitations, if you are committed to submitting but you cannot work with a deadline or you need to deliver your story orally (or you need some other sort of accommodation), please email me at as soon as you can and I will do my best to work something out.

Please do not submit a story unless you are a person with NLD. The narratives of parents of people with NLD and other caretakers tend to dominate discussions of NLD and this zine is an attempt to amplify the voices of people who live with NLD. If you do not have NLD but you would like to help with this project, the best way is to share this page in your networks and offer support to the people you know with NLD who might want to submit.

Photo by r nial bradshaw via Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0.